of Physical Education
& Exercise Science
Witter Active Gaming Lab
The Witter Active Gaming Project is a collaborative effort to address the growing national problem of pediatric physical inactivity and obesity in childhood by creating, implementing, evaluating, and promoting a program to assist children to increase levels of daily physical activity. With the growing national trend to develop and research programs that are based on use of active gaming technology in school based fitness education programs this project has the following specific goals: (1) create and implement a research based active gaming model physical education program and implement this model at Witter Elementary School, Hillsborough county Public Schools; (2) develop curricular and assessment materials, and refine, and conduct research on the model program; (3) develop training programs for teachers; and (4) create a national dissemination center including an educational web site to disseminate the research findings and assessments to teachers, parents, schools, and health professionals throughout the country. For the continued health of our nation it is imperative that young children develop the positive knowledge, attitudes, and practices that enhance physical activity and nutrition throughout life. The Witter Active Gaming Project was funded in the amount of $125,000 as part of a grant from the federal government.
The Witter Elementary School active gaming facility opened in January 2009 and consists of nine different dual activity centers providing activity stations for 18+ children. Physical education classes meet in the facility on a daily basis and the lab is also used before and after school for both teachers and students.
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